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   Posted 8/28/2017 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
So I've been on fluoxetine liquid form for about 2 weeks now. I am literally taking 0.5 mg because the 1mg my doctor wanted me to start off with was too strong. Made me feel awful and weird. So the 0.5 was tolerable but this whole weekend I've had anxiety every day, all day.

Could this be start up side effects from 0.5 mg?? Or is just anxiety flare up? I've been taking my xanax and it helps a bit but I still feel medicated.

I didn't take the fluoxetine last night to see if it was that. Idk if that's a good move or if I should increase my dose to 1mg. I have a lot going on right now so idk if my anxiety is due to that. confused

Starting to feel discouraged again and just want to cry. I hate anxiety, I hate living like this. cry

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   Posted 8/28/2017 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   

I am sorry this is such a rough time for you currently.

Please know that this is a normal part of the start up process that will pass.

Dig deep, and use all your coping skills and rescue med. (when needed)

This is a means to an end...and when your system has adjusted, you will have a good tool for daily management of the anxiety.

Be patient with your yourself and the process as much as possible!


"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

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   Posted 8/29/2017 1:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Sorry to hear your having a rough time.

It seems to be the norm for things to get worse before they get better again during the start up of a new medication so stick with it if you can.

I currently take fluoxetine and have found it to be a helpful medication.

I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.


Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, OCD, Depression and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)

Medications:- 60mg Prozac, Olanzapine 10mg, Dihydrocodeine 180mg per day

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   Posted 8/29/2017 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   

What dosage are you on? I was so anxious for the past 2 days I had to take little break. Literally, all day long and I'm only on .5 mg right now. It's so discouraging..::
Panic Disorder & have a hard time tolerating antidepressants.

.25 of Alprazolam (I cut in half)
Currently trying liquid fluoxetine 1mg at a time.
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